What ails India's Road Transport Economy? Discuss the initiatives taken by the Government to expedite projects under NHDP.

Problems with road transport in India:

  • Maximum roads are two lane roads and hence traffic problem
  • Only 2% road comes under NHAI which have better feasibility
  • Condition for state highways, MDR and Gram Panchayat roads are pathetic
  • Slow speed vehicles, with less transportation capacity becomes costlier

The NHDP is the initiative of NHAI for creation and upgradation of 49,260 kms of roads and highways work. It includes total seven phases of execution of which Phase-I have been completed. To accelerate the project government has come with new initiative of public and private partnership which happens in four ways viz. Build Operate & Transfer (BOT), Build-Operate-Transfer (Annuity), Build-Operate-Transfer (Toll) and Design, Build, Finance, Operate & Transfer (DBFOT).

Question for UPSC Mains:
What ails India’s Road Transport Economy? Discuss the initiatives taken by the Government to expedite projects under NHDP.

Published: February 6, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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